Don’t fear fear

One of the downsides of human nature is the emotion of fear. That’s right, fear. It’s part of who we are as individuals and as a species. It starts at an early age and continues for life. As children we are afraid of the dark, afraid of monsters under our bed and even afraid of thunder and storms. You may chuckle, saying those are silly, but to children they are real, and as adults we, too, have many fears that manifest themselves for whatever reason. To many, fear — or the perception of fear — is reality, and that can be difficult to deal with.

Exercising or competing in endurance events is not immune to the fear factor. In fact, wasn’t there a popular television show on by that very name? Now I’m not talking about jumping into a pit of vipers or eating a

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